Moving to a near or far foreign country (but if this country is far, like Paraguay, even more) is not very easy. You often dwell for days or months on the decision you have to make and also when you made it and you moved to a new country, maybe to a different continent, you need some time to feel good, at peace with yourself and with others, eager to taste your new changes and to fully live your new adventure.
The reasons of your move to Paraguay may have been the most different: if you are young you want to build up a more satisfying and profitable job situation than you have in your home country; if you are old you want to make a good living with your (tax-free) pension and to live peacefully, enjoying a favourable weather and a relaxed place.
Whatever the reason is, you need to tackle your passage to a new place, new habits and new rhythms of life.
You must “reinvent” your new life in Paraguay, learning to enjoy in the best way all the opportunities offered by your move.
A DELICATE STAGE
As many people know, at the beginning things are not so rosy. You feel a stranger in your new country, you hardly speak the language and everything is strangely different from your own habits. You do not understand local customs and traditions and you cannot relate to them.
In the first weeks or, sometimes, in the first months you feel split in two: on the one hand your old life, that maybe you do not like, but that you know perfectly and feel it like your cosy shelter and on the other hand Paraguay: this new place, these new situations, which you cannot relate to, precisely because you still do not know them and you do not know how to face them.
All the practical situations: knowing streets and shops, public health, services and, why not? places of leisure…you do not know them perfectly, as you did in your home country and you feel insecure.
At the end you feel like a baby, who is starting to walk and he must learn to take measures and to understand how he can move and to know the world around him.
But at this point, like a baby who never stops until he can walk properly (and if he goes down, he gets back up and keeps going…), you have to learn how to manage this big change, as well.
HOW FACING THIS DELICATE STAGE: ADVICE AND SOLUTIONS
You must try to overcome your depression. You are depressed if you consider your change to be a loss. A loss of your previous habits and relationships, ultimately a loss of everything that was your previous life.
First of all a move is not a definitive loss, as you maybe thinks when you are discouraged. There are smartphones, there are flights, there is Skype…so you can stay in touch with all your previous relationships.
You decided to move to Paraguay to improve your life and to enjoy opportunities, that you never could have enjoyed in your home country.
Nothing in life is static or definitive: you can change everything and at the end the change is really the root of the word “life”: you can change everything if you really want to do it.
In short: your home country is always there and you can come back anytime you want. You did not lose your country, you moved to a different country, that can give you more opportunities for your working and personal life.
What can you practically do to make this stage easier?
You must try to empathize as much as possible with your new culture. Before your move, if you already know the customs, traditions and habits of Paraguay, that can help you very much. And you should also learn your new language.
Furthermore, it is more important that from the beginning you start going to meeting places, just starting from your own passions (movie, theatre, coffee shops, trips, etc).
Little by little, as you are more in touch with local people, your new habits and your new culture and language will become more familiar to you and they will no longer be an insurmountable obstacle.
Each country can offer you something. You must not expect a “duplicate” of your home country: (a duplicate does not exist), but you must learn to accept news and changes. At the end, you will realize that you have not one but two home countries, because both will have left an indelible imprint inside you.
A FURTHER OPPORTUNITY
As we have said from the start, moving to a foreign country is not easy. And to deal with that delicate stage, it is best not to be alone, but to rely on experienced and responsible professionals, who can stay by your side and help you with all the legal, bureaucratic and practical aspects of your move.
Living In Paraguay is the only European certified company (and it is a guarantee), that is distinguished by its professionalism, its transparency and its absolute competence in managing moves to Paraguay.
Its consultants and collaborators speak perfectly Italian, Spanish and English and they will help you with paperwork: from obtaining your permanent residence to the rent of your apartment etc..
They will be by your side since your first phone call and they will be with you in your first exploratory trip to Paraguay to let you know all uses and habits of this new country.
They will give you all the information you need and also a lot of advice to learn how to move and to live in Paraguay in the best way.
Having experienced travel friends may be a real opportunity for you to “process” that delicate stage more easily and will help you to live your move more quietly and with greater confidence.